When I have time to poke around I check out what was going on in history on a the particular day/week. When I do I like sharing these tid-bits that I discover with you. This week in history had several events that reminded me of our Nations’s exceptionalism (that needs to have a resurgence — soon).
- January 05, 1933: Golden Gate Bridge is born.
Just 4 years later, after 3.25 million cubic feet of dirt excavated the Golden Gate Bridge officially opened on May 27, 1937. Compare to today’s 14 years to rebuild Ground Zero or 1 billion dollar health insurance website.
- January 06, 1838: Morse demonstrates telegraph.
Compare Morse code’s dots and dashes to our handheld smartphones. I’m a rarity because I use my smartphone — as a phone. I’ll check the weather every once and awhile but that’s it. I pride myself on the fact that my life is off-line — and not controlled by an “iThingy”. I wonder if Samuel Morse could even imagine what he was starting?
- January 07, 1789: First U.S. Presidential Election.
George Washington won the election and was sworn into office on April 30, 1789. Our Republic could use a patriot like this in the oval office again.
Mankind, when left to themselves, are unfit for their own government.
- January 08, 1918: Wilson announces his 14 Points.
The “Fourteen Points” was a statement declaring that World War I was being fought for a moral cause and calling for postwar peace in Europe. Can you name 14 things, that are constitutional, that the current admin stands for?
- January 09, 1776: Thomas Paine publishes Common Sense.
On this day in 1776, writer Thomas Paine publishes his pamphlet “Common Sense,” setting forth his arguments in favor of American independence. A recommended read.
- January 10, 1901: Gusher signals start of U.S. oil industry.
Only 114 years ago a drilling derrick at Spindletop Hill near Beaumont, Texas, produces an enormous gusher of crude oil, coating the landscape for hundreds of feet. Now we can’t even get a pipeline approved. And we are still not energy independent primarily due to politicians.
- January 11, 1989: Reagan gives his farewell address.
In his speech, Reagan declared that America “rediscovered” its commitment to world freedom in the 1980s. The United States was “respected again in the world and looked to for leadership.” The key, according to the president, was a return to “common sense” that “told us that to preserve the peace, we’d have to become strong again after years of weakness.” ~ History.com
Common Sense in 1776 and again in 1989. Coincidence?
I hope you were reminded, enlightened and enjoyed our little trip into the way-back machine. I plan on doing a post like this once a month if time permits.
These are the times that try mens souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. ~ Thomas Paine
At *your* service,
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